East Ky. Power conservation program approved

The state Public Service Commission on Thursday approved a proposal by East Kentucky Power Cooperative for an energy conservation program.

Under the program, customers would allow the co-op to remotely control their air conditioners and water heaters so they could be turned off for short periods of time when demand for electricity is at its peak.

The customers who join the voluntary program will receive credits on their bills of $10 annually per water heater and $20 per central air conditioner, the commission said. They can also choose to receive a digital thermostat in place of the $20 credit per central air conditioner.

The devices that are installed to regulate the appliances are free.

A pilot version of this program suggested the co-op could cut its summer electricity demand by about 2 percent if it was implemented across its 16 member cooperatives.